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Here is a final list of the Latin phrases for this year.

ab aeterno

from the beginning of time

res inter alios

it is no concern of ours

caput mundi

the big apple

vita sine libris mortis est

a life without books is death

vir saepit qui pauca loquitur

a man is wise who speaks little

rigor mortis

the rigidity of death

cave quid dicis, quando, et cui

beware of what you say, when, and to whom

coram populo

in public, in the presence of the people

doctus cum libro

having book learning, learned with a book, describes those of us who lack practical knowledge

vi et armis

by force of arms

pauca sed bona

few things but good, similar to quality over quantity

eiusdem farinae

of the same flour, birds of a feather, used to characterize people of the same nature, cut from the same cloth

docendo discimus

we learn by teaching

fama volat

rumor flies, rumor travels fast

amicus curiae

a friend of the court, this is an impartial spokesmen in court who volunteers or is invited by the court to give advice on a matter

Hannibal ad portas

hannibal is at the gates! we would say our country is in danger! used to alert citizens of danger to the country


a manuscript parchment, a code of laws, originally spelled caudex and first meant tree trunk. Juvenal used it to mean a wooden block to which men were tied to for punishment. It came to finally mean a book made of wooden slabs with printing scratched into wax coatings on the slabs. there are several codes of laws

sine prole

without children (legal) often translated as "without issues" and is used in some wills

nil desperandum

never say die, means really "nothing is to be despaired of" this is expressed by Horace in his odes or as Yogi Berra says, "the game ain't over until it's over"


Senatus Populusque Romanus-the Roman Senate and People and is emblematic of their constitution. This was the offical name of the Roman Republic and was inscribed on the standards carried into war by Roman legions. In addition to being an ancient motif, it is still the motto of Rome today.

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